From the monthly archives: September 2012

Author’s Note:  I thought this oped was the blandest thing I’d ever written, but when it was published in the Arizona Daily Star, it received 90 comments.  Most attacked me because 1) I was in Starbuck’s and therefore “part of the 1 percent” (full disclosure: I had actually come to buy a bagel at Einstein’s, …

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The Way We Live Now

September 6, 2012 by

When I was fourteen, my cousin, who had moved in with us after her mother died, went away to college. I used to sneak her purple and yellow striped rugby shirt from London out of her remaining dresser drawer and wear it sometimes. I always carefully washed it and folded it before I slipped it …

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Don’t Make Me Laugh

September 3, 2012 by

The recent flap over a rather tasteless crack by Yahoo bureau chief David Chalian at the Republican convention instigated a familiar outcry.  Chalian, who was unaware that a mike was in his vicinity, remarked that the Romneys couldn’t care less about the toll of Hurricane Isaac.  “They’re happy to have a party with black people …

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